Skip to main content

Murphy Presses for Ban on Tiny Plastic Beads

Pengo, wikipedia


A U.S. senator from Connecticut is highlighting a study that found microscopic exfoliating beads in Long Island Sound as he calls for major retailers to stop selling products that use them.

A recent Southern Connecticut State University study found the sound is being affected by the tiny plastic beads found in soap, toothpaste and body washes.

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat, is discussing the threat of the plastic beads along with state lawmakers and environmental advocates at an event Friday in New Haven. Earlier this year he co-sponsored legislation that would ban the use of the beads by 2018.

The beads are so small that they show up in the bodies of fish and other wildlife after passing through water filtration systems without disintegrating.